Given that I was writing about No Man's Sky earlier today, it's hard not to think of all the fury and rage people had in the weeks after launch. I think the "most disappointing game of the year" train has probably moved on, but it got me wondering: what's the most disappointing game you've ever purchased or played?
The first cab off the rank, surely, would have to be the trainwreck that was Aliens: Colonial Marines. I feel like it's going to be a long, long while before people forget how appallingly bad that game was.
But one that I bought myself, many moons ago, was BRINK. I even had an AMD graphics card back then, which made the experience all the more painful. The ideas around movement were certainly ahead of its time - just look at games like Titanfall and how Call of Duty has co-opted parkour - but the execution, the atrocious performance, bafflingly bad AI and the regular crashes were hard to forget.
- SimCity (2013): Pretty hard not to include the game that basically popularised provisional reviews because its servers were so hideously broken at launch. Hell, EA even won a Shonky award over their support hotline that year.
- RAGE: Why Megatextures Never Became A Thing.
- Evolve: What was a really good concept ended up being let down by a bad business model, matchmaking that took forever at launch and the fact that most games you ended up in were far too one-sided, which blew the tension right out of the water.
- Assassin's Creed 3: In so, so many ways.
- Dragon's Lair Time Warp: Because you couldn't actually input the commands on an Amiga joystick, so you just got screwed over repeatedly.
- Any Mario Party after Mario Party 3: This one's from Hayley (although I reckon 4 and 5 weren't too bad).
What's your most disappointing game?